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    Post covid thoughts and predictions for hospitality industry?

    With this summer looking almost normal, my thoughts are going back to what post covid hospitality might look like in 6-9 mths from now, and Im curious as to everyone elses thoughts on this. Firstly, who has money to rebuild? The owners of the failed businesses dont, failed leases and failed...
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    A bbq mod....

    Now that fall is here and backyard bbq-ing is pretty much done, I finally got myself a little tabletop gas bbq that will fit on our balcony. It’s a cheapy $140 from home despot, but it is actually well built and came with fittings for a regular 20 lb propane tank. One of the biggest problems...
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    Frustrated and exasperated.....

    I just spent ten minutes writing a 4 sentence response to a thread. There were pop ups blocking my screen, my screen shifted constantly so I couldn’t see what I was writing, my text was lagging and then would surge, took me forever to review and then post. Kinda like a cross between an army...
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    Logging in..

    Lately I’ve been having trouble with logging in—every time I visit this site I need to log in, even visits within a few hours requires me to log in each time. Can someone look into this? Regards Foodpump (Edward)
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    Coved 19= death of gluten free craze?

    I braved the long line ups of my large supermarket yesterday and couldn’t help notice that there was no yeast in the baking section., not even a torn up 3 pack envelope. 0, zilch, nada, and not much in the way of flour either. Apparently this is pretty much the same all over the city, people...
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    Phone rights...

    So yesterday my boss comes in to work, asks me if I had done “x” yet, I reply negative, then tells me to drop everything and do “x”, and was in a snarly, p*ssy mood the whole day. It was only this evening when I turned on my phone did I see that he texted me 10 minutes before he came in to...
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    What Foodpump has been up to, and a question

    2019 has Ibeen an evenftfull year for me. Since we sold the business in ‘17, I worked at a hotel as pastry chef, quit there almost a year ago after I got one too many drunk phone calls from the chef at 9:30 pm. So then I worked at a catering place, but this time in grade manger. Some big...
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    Using Elm for cutting boards?

    As the only woodworker in my family I’ve been asked to make another batch of cutting boards. Last batch I did was made of 2” sugar maple cubes, end grain facing up. These worked well, but I can’t train my family NOT to put the boards on the dishwasher..... A friend has a stash of seasoned...
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    Problem solving, Foodpump style

    problem: cooks keep on taking my salt. Salt comes in bright red 2 kg boxes. Every (deleted)-ing time I grab a box from the dry store, it goes missing as soon as I turn my back. I really don’t have time to fart around and chase after a box of salt or give sh*t to the ones I catch taking my...
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    The powers that be.....

    The Rational oven guy screwed back on the access panel and started on his paperwork. I knew what he was writing, the oven needs a new fan motor and most likely a new fan. Quote for the job will be north of $3,200 assuming nothing else goes wrong, and assuming the powers that be will agree to...
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    A great idea.....

    In the right hands, this idea is worth millions. But this idea has nothing to do with cooking, although it is "hospitality based". Like all great ideas, this one came to me while sitting on the john at work, a smallish 200 room hotel. While seated, I'm staring at the stack of partially used...
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    Done with a day left....

    The sales dept. kindly filled out the form for an annual gingerbread competition, and then told me about it. Iv'e been sneaking an hour or two every day to work on it. Came in today to finish it off, and I'm glad to get it off my back.
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    Phones in the kitchen?

    Need your input on this, what are your house policies on phones in the kitchen, specificaly regarding cooks on the line? Am at the point of writing up one cook, and don't know what will happen next. H.R. tells me to physically take her phone away, and while I'd love to, Im pretty sure its not...
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    I saw a leprechaun yesterday.....

    A real live one, holding a bag of gold closely followed by a Sysco rep, with the Chef bringing up the rear. The leprechaun dangles this bag infront of me and tells me its the equivelent of 12yolks and 50% sugar. Just add 1liter (quart) of cream and your creme brulle is done! Look on his face...
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    Knife for hire....

    In november we sold our chocolate business of 9 years. In the meantime I've renovated both bathrooms in our home, mucked out the garage (guy I hired to haul stuff away charges by weight....) did some modifications on my bikes, and general farting about. But we all know I can't keep away from...
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    chocolate equipment

    Some serious chocolate equipment for sale Two 20 kg cap. D+R (Montreal) melters, water bath type. Each comes with a dedicated trolley, insert, and lid. $500 Canadian dollars each One 12 kg D+R melter, ambient air type, with trolley, insrt and lid $250 cdn One D+R tempering wheel, fits the...
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    Head shaker.....

    So yesterday, the wife and I go into a local café for coffees.  Girl at the front counter served us.  Attractive, 20-ish, wearing a work-appropriate top that ended at her waist and tight black leggings.  O.k. so far appropriate for a coffee place.  Strapped to her right thigh, with some kind of...
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    My first article...

    I just submitted my first "how to" in the article section of this forum. It deals with chocolate figures. This is my first attempt writing this style, I'm not that familiar with loading pics, and I have over 15 of them, and may have scrambled a few of pictures with their texts up...
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    Foodpump celebrates his 10th

    Yup,  Joined this forum waaaay back in '05, and I'm still here, full of beans and vitriol.  I was trying to get 4,000 posts done before yesterday, but I'm still 30 or so short. Or should have I started a new topic about what a "best knife" is?..... Today is the CDN thanksgiving, a public...
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